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Football set to return on 5th December

The Port first team look set to return to action on Tuesday 8th December when Hythe & Dibden will be the opposition at Beatrice Avenue with a 7.45pm kick off.

Fingers crossed everything locally stays as  it is, with the Island in Tier 1, a provisional programme of matches has been released up until Christmas.

New management team Stewart Shepherd and Steve Brougham will be in charge (although technically they were for the last home match against Totton and Eling). Players have been keeping fit by holding their own 5k challenge through the lockdown. Each player individually doing their weekly runs and recording their results on Strava. Anyone not completing their run has paid a fine. The first club training session will be held on Thursday 3rd December at Cowes 3g and hopefully a friendly on Saturday 5th as yet to be confirmed.

Newport Reserves and Newport A return on Saturday 5th December in their respective leagues, Reserves away to Lymington Town, A team to be confirmed.

Club statement

Newport (IW) FC first team manager Andy Sampson has decided to stand down from his post.

Unfortunately he feels he cannot continue to give the role the time and effort, he rightly believes it requires, due to other committments.

Everyone at Newport would like to place on record their thanks to Andy for the work he has done over the past two and a half years in assembling the current squad of players. We wish Andy the very best and look forward to seeing him at some of our upcoming matches this season.

Assistant Managers Stewart Shepherd and Steve Brougham will move up to take over the running of the first team squad as Joint Managers with immediate effect. We are confident they will continue to build on what is a fantastic squad and the Port will push for a promotion spot this season.

Tuesday night football

Tonight Newport are at home to Totton and Eling at Beatrice Avenue.

Due to the recently announced lockdown, this is likely to be the last match on the Island for the next four weeks.

Kick off is at 7.45pm not 7.30pm as previously advertised.

There are no concerns about the East Cowes Vics pitch following Saturdays match there. Rich Newberry the groundsman completed his restoration yesterday and was even able to mow the pitch.

Please ensure you follow the latest Covid 19 guidance if you attend the match tonight. On arrival please have your contact details ready or be prepared to use the Track and Trace App. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance and around the ground. Face coverings must be worn in the clubhouse unless seated and eating/drinking. Social distancing around the ground will be expected and enforced.

If you can’t make it tonight , we look forward to seeing you when we resume.

League Cup action tonight

Newport return to League Cup action tonight at Beatrice Avenue as they take on Premier Division side Bashley in the 3rd Round.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and the match will be decided on the night. If the scores are level at 90 minutes, the tie goes straight to penalties.

An away tie in the Quarter finals is guaranteed for the winners, who will travel to face either Amesbury Town, Horndean or Follands.

Please bring a mask in order to enter the clubhouse and toilets, make sure you socially distance and give space to others. Please use the hand sanitiser upon arrival and provide contact details or use the Covid Track and Trace App.

Weekend action

This Saturday Newport travel to Petersfield in search of more league points as they look to build on six straight wins.

Petersfield are an unpredictable side, on their day can beat anyone but have been dropping points at home and their better results have been on the road. It will not be easy for the Port but Andy Sampson’s men are playing well and confidence is high.

Kick off at the Surefix Home Improvements stadium is at 3pm and updates will be available on Twitter (which will also copy to the club website. There are a small number of spaces left on the team coach which departs St. Georges Park at 1100 am to catch the 1200 ferry from Fishbourne returning on the 1900 from Portsmouth. A small charge of £15.00 is made to cover ferry and coach.

Newport Reserves are at home in the Hampshire Combination Challenge Cup against Clanfield Reserves. The match is at Cowes Enterprise College 3g and kicks off at 2pm. Spectators are welcome at the ground and there is plenty of free parking. Clanfield are currently bottom of the Eastern Division so The Port will be hoping to win this one and go through to the next round. Newport Reserves are currently looking for sponsors to help with the purchase of new match and training balls. If you are able to help in any way please speak to someone at of the club’s matches and we can put you through to the right people.

Newport A are away To Wootton in the Harwoods IOW League Division 2. The match is at Wootton recreation ground and kicks off at 2pm. Supporters are welcome and parking is available at the ground.

Buildbase FA Vase

On Saturday, Newport are once more at home, this time Alton are the opposition and the competition is the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Another close match is anticipated with both teams currently in the top third of the table, where both were when the season abruptly ended in March.

Kick off is 3pm. Please be prepared with your contact details or download the Test and Trace app to scan the QR code on entry. Group Entry form can be downloaded here for social bubbles of up to six people.

Non League Football is under intense scrutiny so please ensure you bring a mask and wear it when entering the clubhouse. Wash your hands and use sanitiser provided whenever enter the ground or use the facilities. Maintain social distancing of 2 metres from anyone outside your social/family bubble.

Please help us keep the gates open to supporters.

League Cup Tonight

Tonight Newport take on current League Cup holders Baffins Milton Rovers in the 2nd Round of this years League Cup. The pitch is in good condition and has recovered well from the weekends rain.

The Port, buoyed by recent wins against Ringwood, Verwood and East Cowes Vics will be eager to test themselves against Wessex Premier side Baffins.

Baffins Milton Rovers will want to shake off their current losing run and will want to hold on to their trophy for as long as possible. They have recently signed Island based goalkeeper Ryan Young who played a match for Newport last season but is mostly remembered locally for his time at Havant and Waterlooville. Ryan is expected to play tonight.

Kick off is at 7.45pm, come early to check in through the Covid process, we have the Test and Trace QR code on display for those that have downloaded the app. If not be prepared to give your contact details, if you are travelling in a group you can provide details by printing off and completing our group T&T form here. 

The bar will be open but must be cleared by 10pm.

Ringwood away this Saturday

Newport travel once more to the New Forest area this Saturday as we play away to Ringwood Town with an early 2.45pm kick off.

We shall be travelling by coach and some places are available on the coach for supporters.

The coach leaves St. George’s Park at 10.30am getting to East Cowes for 1100 and boarding the 1130 ferry.

The return journey is on the 1800 ferry getting back to East Cowes at 1900 and St. George’s Park 1930.

Supporters can join the coach at either St, George’s Park or Red Funnel East Cowes.

The subsidised cost of travel is £15.00 to cover ferry and coach. Places must be booked in advance by messaging 07734581648 with your name and where you will board the coach.

You must bring and wear a mask on both the ferry and the coach, socially distanced seating applies.


Meanwhile Newport Reserves travel to Salisbury in the John Stimpson Memorial Challenge Shield.

Vics v Newport Tonight

Somebody said there was a football match on in East Cowes tonight and it was a sell out.

Almost right, there is a game on and there are only 40 tickets left for sale on the gate. The capacity is 300, the doors are locked at that point.

East Cowes Vics v Newport is an unusual game to be an all ticket match, but in these circumstances we live in, nothing seems to surprise any more.

Andy Sampson almost has a full squad to choose from with only Jared Cousins the injury doubt.

All supporters attending are advised to download the Covid 19 Test and Trace app to avoid queues at the turnstiles. Simply scan the QR code and you should be able to enter – far easier than trying to remember your own phone number.

Kick off is at 7.45 but you are advised to attend FAR earlier to ensure you get in for kick off and dont miss any early goals.

Parking is at a premium and once you are past the roundabout at Barton Manor don’t drive past any parking space – you will regret it if you do.

First chance for Newport fans to see the new Vics floodlights which are reported to be very bright.

Please bring a mask which is essential for entering the clubhouse and seeing as all the toilets are in there it could save some embarassment.

Sunday – FA Vase

On Sunday we welcome Calne Town  from Wiltshire in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase.

Calne play at the same level as ourselves and have won both of their opening league matches. Newport have had a tough start to the season with three matches all against sides that beat them in the 19/20 season. This week a draw and a penalties cup win showed signs of returning to the form witnessed in the second half of last season. The Port have still only lost one of their last eighteen matches.

Spectator Information

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and gates will open at 1.30.

The match capacity is 300 and gates will be closed if the attendance reaches this number.

There is only parking within the ground for 60 cars so it may be advisable to find the nearest space outside the ground before trying to enter the car park.

Admission is Adult Standard £5.00 and Concessions are £3.00

There will be a three stage entrance to the ground;

  1. Temperature checks will be taken initially
  2. Track and Trace details will be taken, there will be no admission without them being provided.    Groups of up to 6 people can enter as a social bubble and complete and print off our form here to bring along and save time at the turnstile.
  3. There will be a choice of either cash or card payment – if paying by cash, the correct money will be helpful and ease congestion at the turnstile.

Once in the ground Supporters will be expected to socially distance. Guidance markers have been painted on the hard standing at 2 metre intervals and alternate seats have been closed off in the stand.

The clubhouse will operate  a one way system and drinks can only be ordered by table service , there will be no service at the bar.